We kick off an amazing episode of Mahouka this week immediately into the melee between the students and the anti-magic organizations. I have to say that this part of the story, completely animated with music is a lot more exciting and vivid than the light novel or even the manga.
I didn’t like how the anime cut some of Miyuki’s protective sibling dialogue out of the battle but it definitely helped the flow of the story a lot better. Miyuki is both elegant and sophisticiated as ever in battle. As well, we got to see Leo and Erika fight hands on in the fray which was really amazing because up till now, they’ve been labeled as useless course 2 students. The kendo match between Mibu and Erika was as exciting as ever but I really wish they’d dragged it on a little longer, it ended pretty abruptly once Erika decided to go full out. When the other members of the disciplinary committee catch up to Tsukasa, the scuffle ends with more than just Tsukasa elbowed in the ribs in the light novel and manga but in general, the anime wrapped up the whole ordeal in a about two thirds of the anime.
Back in the infirmary, Mibu is telling her part of the story and how she was lured into Blanche. Outside, Takeaki Kirihara is eavesdropping. Mibu is pretty broken up when she realizes she’s been tricked and cries to Tatsuya, even Miyuki can’t express any jealousy here. But of course, the most exciting part of the episode is Tatsuya’s decision to take on the entire Blanche base in the area. Police intervention would definitely be undesirable so the student council needs to resolve this on their own… or rather, Tatsuya decides to go. Tatsuya bluntly tells Mibu that he’s not doing it for her, but rather, for the sake of him and Miyuki. This is probably pretty surprising for some of the students who never see Tatsuya emotionally express that much (even for that level-headed reaction, it was fairly emotional). Juumonji decides to go along with the Shiba siblings but Saegusa and Mari stay behind to wrap things up at the school. Kirihara beckons Juumonji to take him along. At first, Juumonji refuses him but Kirihara finally caves and says that his reason is to vent anger against those who clouded the art of the sword.
I was surprised the episode ended with Kirihara and Juumonji but the director is dividing the arc pretty well. Since last week ended with a cliff-hanger, this week’s episode ends with a steady plan in preparation. I wish they revealed a bit more of Tatsuya and Miyuki in the dialogue between scenes but the action definitely dominated the show. After the credits, everyone assembles in the car to head out.
What are you pondering today?